Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Getting Ahead of the Game When Selling Your Home

Thinking about selling your home?  Are there some cosmetic "issues" you have put off that would improve curb appeal or interior updates?

Many times a seller doesn't want to spend the time or money on "cosmetics" and instead wants to offer an allowance or market it "as is",.... thinking "the buyer can buy it and pick their own paint, carpet, etc".

Here is something to consider from a financial aspect.  A buyer comes into your home and sees some very personalized paint colors or maybe the paint is just old and worn.  In their mind they are thinking that they will have to repaint the whole house and I GUARANTEE YOU that the $$$ they think it will cost will be almost double what it would actually have cost.  You could have painted for $4000.00, but the buyer will discount their offer by $10,000.00.  Easy math.  Same with carpeting, etc.  Your Realtor will be able to recommend reputable contractors that can do a great job for a reasonable cost.  It will get you better marketing pictures, a quicker offer and a higher price.

Something else you might consider, particularly if you have an older home or have lived in the home for 5+ years is to have pre-listing inspection.  Knowledge is power.  Once you have a buyer and a purchase agreement - they will do their own independent inspection - but why not avoid any potential surprises?  There is nothing worse than having everything come to a screeching halt during a sale because you have to get estimates and make some repairs to get to the closing table. Your Realtor can suggest reputable inspection companies and then go over the report and determine what items should be addressed.  You will have the power of knowing the ins and outs of your home and can market and sell with confidence knowing it will be smooth sailing to the closing table.

#sellingahome #pre-listinginspection #homemarketing #realestate

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